Solitude in the Snow

My wife and I decided to take a road trip to Arkansas over Spring Break. I had always wanted to stand atop Whittaker Point (unofficially called Hawksbill Crag). Located in Northwest Arkansas in the Ozark National Forest near Ponca, AR, it’s a fairly easy 3 mile round trip hike, even for people on the gray side of life!

Our first stop was Hot Springs, Arkansas to partake in the healing waters of the now quite commercialized bathhouses. We opted for a private couples bath at Quapaw Baths & Spa. Very enjoyable!

Six miles of red dirt up Cave Mountain Road was no problem for Tammy’s Tahoe and we pulled out the Paria Outdoor Products trekking poles and starting down the trail which drops about 200 feet in elevation over 1.5 miles. We had a wonderful wintry walk complete with a light snow shower.

If you go, tread carefully on the crag; it’s a 150 foot fall and it happens! Soak in the healing waters of the springs and the healing power of a wintry day’s solitude in the beautiful Ozarks.